2015 DATIA Conference, My Observations
AlcoPro exhibited at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry (DATIA) annual conference in Miami, FL earlier this month. For those readers who don’t know about DATIA, the association is primarily focused on workplace drug and alcohol testing, with particular emphasis on the testing required by U.S. Dept. of Transportation regulations.
Three Benefits to Using Scripted Statements in the Drug and Alcohol Testing Process
As an alcohol and drug testing professional the idea of scripted statements may seem unnecessary or even silly. After all, daily interactions with testing subjects should be a natural exchange, not forced or insincere. However, it’s a proven fact that scripted statements delivered to subjects or donors during the drug and alcohol testing process are advantageous for several reasons.
Breath Alcohol Instrument Calibration Conundrums
The proper calibration of your Alco-Sensor is important in order to maintain confidence in the test results. When performing testing under Dept. of Transportation regulations, DOT mandates that a calibration adjustment be conducted following a failed accuracy check. When calibration adjustments and accuracy checks are not properly conducted and documented, it may be difficult to enforce subsequent consequences. Therefore, proper calibration plays a crucial role in the alcohol testing process. Knowing how to successfully troubleshoot calibration conundrums is vital.
Four Things You Need to Know About the New Proposed Guidelines for Oral Fluid Drug Testing
On May 15, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published two sets of proposed regulations. The Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs Using Oral Fluid Specimens authorizes the use of oral fluid specimens. The second proposes changes to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs using Urine Specimens to incorporate some of the changes made in the oral fluid testing proposal.
Here’s what you need to know about the proposed changes to the Federal drug testing guidelines: